My Healthified Baked French Toast Casserole

Alright, I couldn’t think of any good way to start this post, so how ‘bout a favorite, classic Cody photo for your evening?

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I’ll tell ya…if this guys has taught me one thing, it’d definitely have to be this:

As long as you’re in good company, who cares if you’re chillin’ spread-eagle in front of ‘em all.

What a character. Winking smile

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Tonight, I’m actually headed out to watch Jay’s softball game, so I’m not sure what we have in store for dinner.

Don’t worry my friends, I have something even better in store for you. Remember this past Sunday when I made this

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Oh yes.

Well, many of you were very quickly intrigued on just how I “healthified” a recipe from the one and only, Paula Deen. Some of you even said you’ve tried her original Baked French Toast Casserole…I’m sure it’s flippin’ phenomenal.

However, I’ll betcha mine tastes just as good, but with a whole lot less guilt.

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Keep in mind, that this is a Paula Deen recipe that I was dealing with here, folks. I think she has a two-sticks-of-butter minimum in each of her recipes, right?

So what is considered “healthified” here probably would not obtain the same honor in any regular situation. But trust me, I’m still calling it healthified.

 

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Okay, I know. There’s still quite a bit of butter in this recipe. There was really no way of getting around it. Darn you, Paula.

But just think of it this way…that amount of butter is in the entire recipe. This recipe is meant to have 6-8 servings. So really, it’s not that badddddd……

At least, that’s what I told myself when I went back for my second serving on Sunday.

Hey, no biggie. We’re all meant to be able to indulge every now and then. So just make it, eat it, and enjoy it. It’s good. Real good.

Paula Deen ain’t got nothin’ on me!

Question for the Evening:

Are there any recipes that you know you love, but try to avoid or only make occasionally because they’re indulgent?

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Comments

  1. says

    I am impressed. Great substitutions! I will definitely give that a try. It looks a little drier than Paula’s, but that is a good thing because I thought hers was a little “eggy” and slightly on the soggier side. I don’t like mushy when there is egg involved.
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  2. says

    I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I love french toast and always try to find new ways of making it healthier (tough job).I would never have thought of making a casserole! what a fantastic idea

  3. says

    The base of your recipe actually sounds a lot like bread pudding! And if only it weren’t for the pranline topping, it’d be really healthy!

    Butter definitely has its place, and whenever I serve food for a crowd, I always use full-fat versions.
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  4. says

    I loved the sound of it! Feel like hosting a brunch just to serve it! I used to avoid recipes that include butter but I just go with it now- a little bit of the real thing every so often ain’t gonna kill ne (in fact it’ll just make me verrry happy :))
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  5. says

    that looks and sounds AMAZING! I would need to make it in individual servings or i would eat it for every meal all day long until it was gone!
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  6. Jen says

    mmmmm, that french toast looks so yummy! and your base version seems super guilt-free for a “sweet” breakfast casserole.

    I absolutely adore homemade macaroni and cheese, but I avoid making it except like once a year because I will eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it’s around, and I only like it made the regular non-healthified way with white pasta and LOTS of cheese, OH HOLY YUM!!!

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